Guru Gowrappan
Courtesy of Verizon
United States India
2020

Verizon Media

Guru
Gowrappan

EVP / Group CEO

Gowrappan made bold moves into cutting-edge tech, launching Verizon Media Immersive, a VR/AR/MR platform for advertising and content powered by 5G technology, and closing a multi-year deal with the NBA that encapsulates a marketing partnership with Yahoo Sports and live VR telecasts of games by RYOT. Under his leadership, Verizon Media tackled the pandemic head-on, instituting Wellness Fridays for employees with guests ranging from soccer player Abby Wambach to author Deepak Chopra, and launching a coronavirus hub on Yahoo News, along with #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event discussing mental health for young athletes. It also donated $10 million worth of ad inventory to mental health organizations’ efforts to address the pandemic.

Career

  • Yahoo!
  • Alibaba Group
  • Zynga

Education

  • University of Madras (India)
  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)
  • Dartmouth College (NH, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan Details How the Company Is Changing for Consumers

Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan Details How the Company Is Changing for Consumers

Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan discussed the media company's new initiatives with Variety's Andrew Wallenstein at the Variety Entertainment Summit, as part of CES in Vegas.Since acquiring Oath in 2015, the company has made major changes by dropping sites like Tumblr from its slate and undergoing layoffs, resulting in an employee base of approximately 11,000.

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